Great dane put down after attack on three-year-old boy in Mayfield on Tuesday

INVESTIGATION: A Newcastle City Council vehicle in Antill Street on Wednesday. Picture: Simone De Peak.
INVESTIGATION: A Newcastle City Council vehicle in Antill Street on Wednesday. Picture: Simone De Peak.

The great dane involved in an attack on a three-year-old boy at Mayfield on Tuesday has been put down. 

The dog had attacked the boy while he was riding through Antill Street about 6.30pm on Tuesday with his mum and older sister, causing serious injuries to the boy’s face, neck and upper back. The dog’s owner was moving a motorcycle through an open gate before the attack occurred, which allowed the dog run from the backyard. 

Newcastle City Council confirmed the outcome for the pet on Thursday.   

“The dog involved in the attack this week of a three-year-old boy in Mayfield was voluntarily surrendered by the owner yesterday [Wednesday] and has been euthanased,” a council spokesperson said. “Investigations continue into the incident.”

The dog’s owner returned to his house on Thursday morning and told the Newcastle Herald of his remorse about the incident. “It’s a very horrible thing, I’m very sad that it happened,” the owner said. “I spoke to the boy’s mother last night and she seemed to be alright with me.

“The dog has been put down this morning.”

Residents of Antill Street told the Herald on Wednesday they were “very surprised” at the attack.

Police issued a caution to Hunter dog owners after the incident reiterating the need for control after an attack in northern NSW and one in Victoria in the past week. 

“It’s a timely warning for all dog owners to take the necessary precautions to ensure they can divert such tragic instances from taking place,” Detective Acting Inspector Jeffrey Little said on Wednesday. 

The boy, named as Tom Higgins, and his mother, Kim, left John Hunter Children’s Hospital on Thursday afternoon. 

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